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Students and Staff

If you are interested in arts and culture then Attenborough Arts Centre is the place to get your fix, especially as it’s located right on your university campus!

As a student studying at the University of Leicester there is loads to enjoy at Attenborough Arts. If you like being creative, you can learn a new art or craft every week with our brand new creative course ‘Wildcard Wednesdays’ for just £3 per class.

If you like music, spoken word or dance, you can experience the best local live music at one of our buzzing Gallery Late events. If you’re looking for work experience you can join our pool of volunteers. Or if you just want somewhere to hang out on campus, you’ll love our café bar.

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Free Exhibitions

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Kelly Richardson: Mariner 9

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Mariner 9 (2012) presents a video of panoramic view of the Mars landscape hundreds of years in the future, littered with the rusting remains of various missions to the planet.

Created with software used by the film and gaming industries, and using data from NASA’s missions to Mars, Richardson has created a realistic representation of the Mars landscape covered by the debris of centuries of exploration. Despite the apparent abandoned state of the planet, some of the spacecraft continue to work, looking for signs of life.

Kelly Richardson (b. 1972, Canada) is one of the leading members of a new generation of artists using digital technologies to create hyper-real, highly charged landscapes. Recent solo exhibitions include Dundee Contemporary Arts, CAG Vancouver, VOID Derry and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. Her video installations have been included in presentations at the Toronto Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival.

Student activities

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Wildcard Wednesday

Every Wednesday, 3.30pm – 5.30pm
Wildcard Wednesday is a weekly event to learn new crafts. Join us for this great opportunity to relax, make new friends, and try a range of crafts from pottery to painting or embroidery to tie-dye! Each week will be something different and you won’t know what you’ll be doing until you begin.
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Yoga with Sarah Carter

Every Tuesday, 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Tutor: Sarah Carter

Sarah integrates classical yoga postures and breath-work with neuroscience, mindfulness, meditation, and therapy. Classes are creative and intuitive with the aim of leaving people feeling grounded and uplifted.
All welcome, you do not need to be fit, flexible, or have any previous experience of yoga to attend.

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Unexpected Tales

Friday 9 October – Friday 11 December
Pull up a chesterfield, throw another log on the fire, it’s time to hear another Unexpected Tale.

Storytelling is one of the foundations of all art. We have commissioned ten artists and performers to share new work telling fresh and unexpected stories, with no restrictions on how they decide to tell them.

Creative learning courses

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Art courses for all

Drop In / If your timetable is unpredictable or you’d like to test the waters trying something new, then pop along to our drop in classes any time.

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Your place to relax on campus

Take a moment to relax in Gallery 3, our new COVID-safe social space. With socially distanced seating, music, and surrounded by images of the galaxy and meteorites, there’s no better place to take a quiet moment.

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More events coming soon.

Feel comfortable trying something new?

Philharmonia Scholarship

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Develop your musical skills with the best

The University of Leicester has a long-established relationship with the renowned Philharmonia Orchestra. As part of this arrangement, we are able to offer this scholarship under which talented student musicians receive one-on-one training from members of the Philharmonia.